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Old 09-22-2015, 12:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had two mechanics look at my Prelude before I purchased it and took it to a third afterward who listed five thousand dollars in repairs (for a $2,500 car that ran well), and like you said, the lady told me that it was normal.

I thought that I fixed everything, though.

Perhaps when they found the bad head gasket they did not feel they needed to look that hard--that one repair would have been excessive in many cases.

So, the next shop did an inspection and stated "Struts and shocks to be replaced every 50 & 75k with alignment. Mounts are oil-soaked and need to be replaced. Engine has leaks; Need steam to determine from where. Wiring to transfer case seal needs to be replaced. Hoses look OE and need to be replaced."

The third shop said:
rcm $93.99 x 1 0878410 Falken SN 211
rcm:$34.99 x 1 8582342 FLUID LEAK EVALUATION
Two pages and that is all of the information. Rcm is recommend? One tire, an alignment, and more money to determine from where it is leaking?

Which tire?

Which fluid is leaking? Aren't they different colors?

What else did they check?

I met a set of potential customers at a gas station and they said they were "highly motivated" or something--the husband said that he was a real estate broker. They seemed nice and said something about negotiating the price. They want me to take the car to their mechanic tomorrow, so we will see what their Magic Eight Ball tells us.

I want to sell them a good car for a fair price, but after all of this, I want money to show for everything.
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